3 minor corrections to magazine code section
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  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • BBB: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If BA is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number
  • 0: Monthly
  • 920: LaLa Special
  • 6: RegularSpecial
  • 06: Issue number #6
  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • BBB: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If B is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number
  • 0: Monthly
  • 920: LaLa Special
  • 6: Regular
  • 06: Issue number #6
  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • BBB: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If A is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number
  • 0: Monthly
  • 920: LaLa Special
  • 6: Special
  • 06: Issue number #6
2 added "periodical publication code"
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kuwaly's answer is correct; in Japan, ISSN is not generally used. They instead use either 雑誌コード (zasshi CODE, magazine/journal code) or, JAN (Japanese Article Number) code, or 定期刊行物コード (teikikan koubutsu CODE, periodical publication code).

  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • BBBB: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If B is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number

Again, takingTaking kuwaly's example of 4910092060607 (13-digit), it means:

  • 49: Japan
  • 1009206: LaLa Special (note the magazine code)
  • 060: Issue number #6
  • 7: Check digit

Periodical publication code is an extension of JAN code, consisted of 18 digits with 5 add-on digits. The format is AAABCCCCCDDEF-GHHHH:

  • AAA: Periodical publication flag (fixed to 491 for Japanese magazine)
  • B: Reserved code 1 (for the time being, fixed to 0)
  • CCCCC: Magazine code
  • DD: Month/issue number
  • E: Year (the last digit of the year)
  • F: Check digit
  • G: Reserved code 2 (for the time being, fixed to 0)
  • H: Price (in 1 Yen)

Again, taking kuwaly's example of 4910092060607-00590, it means:

  • 491: Japanese magazine
  • 0: Reserved code 1
  • 09206: LaLa Special
  • 06: Issue number #6
  • 0: Year 2010
  • 7: Check digit
  • 0: Reserved code 2
  • 0590: 590 Yen (before tax)

kuwaly's answer is correct; in Japan, ISSN is not generally used. They instead use either 雑誌コード (zasshi CODE, magazine/journal code) or JAN (Japanese Article Number) code.

  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • B: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If B is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number

Again, taking kuwaly's example of 4910092060607 (13-digit), it means:

  • 49: Japan
  • 1009206: LaLa Special (note the magazine code)
  • 060: Issue number #6
  • 7: Check digit

kuwaly's answer is correct; in Japan, ISSN is not generally used. They instead use either 雑誌コード (zasshi CODE, magazine/journal code), JAN (Japanese Article Number) code, or 定期刊行物コード (teikikan koubutsu CODE, periodical publication code).

  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • BBB: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If B is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number

Taking kuwaly's example of 4910092060607 (13-digit), it means:

  • 49: Japan
  • 1009206: LaLa Special (note the magazine code)
  • 060: Issue number #6
  • 7: Check digit

Periodical publication code is an extension of JAN code, consisted of 18 digits with 5 add-on digits. The format is AAABCCCCCDDEF-GHHHH:

  • AAA: Periodical publication flag (fixed to 491 for Japanese magazine)
  • B: Reserved code 1 (for the time being, fixed to 0)
  • CCCCC: Magazine code
  • DD: Month/issue number
  • E: Year (the last digit of the year)
  • F: Check digit
  • G: Reserved code 2 (for the time being, fixed to 0)
  • H: Price (in 1 Yen)

Again, taking kuwaly's example of 4910092060607-00590, it means:

  • 491: Japanese magazine
  • 0: Reserved code 1
  • 09206: LaLa Special
  • 06: Issue number #6
  • 0: Year 2010
  • 7: Check digit
  • 0: Reserved code 2
  • 0590: 590 Yen (before tax)
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kuwaly's answer is correct; in Japan, ISSN is not generally used. They instead use either 雑誌コード (zasshi CODE, magazine/journal code) or JAN (Japanese Article Number) code.


Magazine code is located on the back cover on the bottom left with the format "雑誌 ABBBC-MM/YY" or "雑誌 ABBBC-I":

  • A: Issuing form code
    • 0, 1: monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly
    • 2, 3: weekly, bi-weekly
    • (4-9 is omitted skipped since it seems unrelated to Japanese manga magazine)
  • B: Magazine name code
  • C: Extra info
    • If A is 0, 1 (monthly):
      • odd number: regular
      • even number: extra/special
    • If B is 2, 3 (weekly):
      • 1-5: issuing week
      • 6-9: extra/special
  • MM/YY: Month & year, or
  • I: Issue number

Taking kuwaly's example of 09206-06, it means:

  • 0: Monthly
  • 920: LaLa Special
  • 6: Regular
  • 06: Issue number #6

JAN (Japanese Article Number) code is an exclusive code for Japanese publication which is compatible with EAN code. It's always started with 49/45 and is in a format of 13-digit or the shortened 8-digit code.

For the 13-digit code:

  • Country code (2 digits)
  • Maker code (5/7 digits)
  • Product code (5/3 digits)
  • Check digit (1 digit)

For the shortened 8-digit code:

  • Country code (2 digits)
  • Maker code (4 digits)
  • Product code (1 digit)
  • Check digit (1 digit)

Again, taking kuwaly's example of 4910092060607 (13-digit), it means:

  • 49: Japan
  • 1009206: LaLa Special (note the magazine code)
  • 060: Issue number #6
  • 7: Check digit

Regarding ISSN in Japan,

日本では、諸外国と違い逐次刊行物の流通にISSNが用いられることがないため(「雑誌コード」が一般的)、ISSNの付与は出版者の申請があって初めて行われる。

Unlike other countries, ISSN is not used in the distribution of serial publications in Japan ("magazine code" is the common one), granting of ISSN will take place only after the publisher apply for it.


Sources: Japanese Wikipedia